Also today, UK's KCOM to spend $130-million on full-fiber rollout, while ITS gets about $59 million infusion from Aviva Investors, Colt densifies in European cities, Lebanon looks to go full-fiber and more from the fixed-broadband world.
The new $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund came a step closer to reality when FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday presented rules for his fellow commissioners to consider before a Jan. 30 vote. The rules establish a two-phase process for funding in rural areas that prioritize high-speed services, including gigabit broadband, although the agency's minimum speed standard remains 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up.
Having completed deployment of a full-fiber infrastructure to around 200,000 premises across Hull and East Yorkshire in 2019, KCOM Group now plans to invest about £100 million ($130.5 million) to expand its broadband network to tens of thousands more homes and businesses, the Macquarie subsidiary said. (See UK's KCOM Plans $130M+ Fiber Investment.)
UK wholesale fiber broadband altnet ITS received £45 million ($58.7 million) in funds from Aviva Investors. The open access network provider, which today operates in Northwest, Northeast and Southeast England (including Greater Manchester, Bristol and London), as well as in North Wales, will use the infusion to deploy networks in other areas, passing more than 200,000 premises, ITS said.
Answering London's Call for Fiber
Colt has been densifying its networks in European cities, including London, so its high-speed broadband networks can support 5G and data-intensive uses such as cloud-based financial applications. (Photo source: Negative Space, Pexels)
Colt Technology Services densified its IQ Network in and around London, adding 110 kilometers (about 68 miles) of fiber. Colt similarly densified its networks in eastern Europe, Dublin and Berlin.
Although it's been reliant on DSL for a long time, Lebanon's government plans to cover the entire country with fiber-based infrastructure by year-end 2022, in large part because of 5G, according to BuddeComm research.
BT is using Ateme's encryption encoder to protect its satellite-uplinked content from piracy. It plans to offer this solution to its media and broadcast customers worldwide to help further curtail illegal use of its proprietary media. (See BT Combats IP Video Piracy With Ateme Encoder.)
US Ignite promoted Chief Operating Officer Joe Kochan to CEO, replacing outgoing Executive Director Bill Wallace, who will be the new executive chairman of the board. Wallace replaces outgoing Executive Director and Chair Sue Spradley, who led the non-profit smart-city advocacy group for seven years. Chief Strategy Officer Nick Maynard took over Wallace's former COO role.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
The lack of an accurate broadband map means states and counties are tackling this issue themselves – and sometimes finding big disparities in the data – before spending their residents' money on deploying infrastructure.
Next year many operators must decide whether to invest more in HFC or go all-in to fiber, pick their PON and choose their managed-WiFi path, writes analyst Dan Grossman, who also recommends providers bundle managed WiFi and analytics to best serve residential subscribers -- and operators' own businesses.
Public-private partnerships, investor interest, self-help in rural areas and incumbents' return set the scene for a busy year of broadband deployment in the US countryside in 2020, writes Analyst Dan Grossman.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.